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Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Cookie Week 2013 Begins! Cookie 1: Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Welcome to Christmas Cookie Week 2013! 
This year, 8 bloggers have come together, each of us sharing a daily recipe for yummy and delicious cookies that we hope will inspire you during this season of Christmas baking! We come from different parts of Canada, with one friend joining us from Alabama, but we all share a joy of baking which makes for love…fresh from the oven! 
My very first Christmas cookie of the week is not the most Christmas-y cookie in the world, but it is delicious! These Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. After all, who ever objects to a chocolate chip-style cookie?


These little vegan goodies are great for your dairy-free friends. And your other friends won't know the difference! I used light spelt flour so they are more gentle on the tummy than a regular wheat flour cookie might be.

My daughter willingly acted as my cookie tester, as her brother was out playing basketball. She pronounced these cookies "chocolatey, delicious and a little bit crunchy." She later changed her verdict to "double, double delicious." After sampling them again in the evening, she came to me and accusingly said, "I knew there was something you didn't tell me. You put almonds (a dirty word apparently) in these cookies." When I told her they were actually pecans and reminded her that she hadn't complained earlier, she said, "You can't even notice them." Sometimes that girl makes my head spin.
Anyway, if you must, you can leave out the pecans! 


These Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies are delicious just a few minutes out of the oven when they are warm and chewy. Enjoy them with a glass of non-dairy milk. If you must cool some for later though, feel free. My sister got me this very handy rack that holds four cookie trays at once. Perfect for holiday baking when you go crazy making all kinds of cookies in one day!


Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies



by Joann MacDonald
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Ingredients (24 cookies)
  • 1 ¼ cup light spelt flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp egg replacer powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chunks
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • ¾ cup organic sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 Tbsp water
  • ½ cup vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a plain, ungreased cookie sheet.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, egg replacer powder, salt, coconut, chocolate chunks and pecans.

In a medium bowl, stir together with a fork the sugar, flax mixture, margarine and vanilla until well mixed.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.

Spoon cookie dough onto cookie sheet by the tablespoon, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are lightly golden.

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I will be back tomorrow with a recipe for delicious vegan caramel squares. In the meantime, be sure to have a look at the other Christmas cookies that my fabulous blogging friends have posted today.



Me


20 comments:

  1. Oh, but to leave out the pecans would be sinful, I tell ya! These look great, and not all the cookies I'm sharing this week are traditional Christmas cookies, but they're all cookies that my family loves…….

    I also like that they're vegan…..it's great to have options like that while entertaining!

    Yay for #ChristmasCookies Week!!!! I'm so excited about it!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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    1. I'm heading over to see your cookies Ricki Jill! :)

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  2. they look great :) Every year I say I'll make cookies for gifts but it gets so hot I can't turn the oven on. We have some cool weather this week so I'm thinking of making heaps and freezing them. I'll definitely try these and that cookie sheet rack is fab!

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    1. Thanks! I just can't imagine heat at Christmas. We are freezing our butts off already! Good luck with your cookie making! :)

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  3. Yum...these look tasty! I am such a fan of pecans at Christmas that I will definitely be making these. I also love cooking with spelt flour as we prefer spelt bread and sprout grain bread to regular bread. I have never really thought about switching up my flour for spelt flour in baking. I guess it is as simple as that?
    Looking forward to this week.
    :)D

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    1. I love pecans too! Definitely, give them a try and let me know how it goes. :)

      In terms of the spelt flour, I used to use a whole spelt flour and sometimes it would affect the recipe (although it may be healthier). I haven't had any problems since switching to light spelt flour. :)

      Thanks!

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  4. The cookies look delicious! Did any make it to the freezer?

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    1. Are you perhaps coming for a visit? I will freeze some of the cookies but I think you may prefer tomorrow's squares. :)

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  5. They look so good Joann! Such a cute looking cookie! Happy Cookie Week! Angie xo

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    1. Thanks for having me join you in Cooke Week Angie! :)

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  6. Mmmm...they look delicious. Since they don't have eggs, I fear I would eat the dough straight from the bowl and never make it to the baking stage!

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    1. I know what you mean Heather! It's so tempting without the eggs. :)

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  7. These look delicious Joann! I love anything with coconut, chocolate and pecans! Yum!

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  8. Oh yum! I'll have to substitute walnuts for pecans (I'm allergic to pecans, can you believe it?) but this recipe is soooo going on my pinterest!!

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    1. I didn't know you could be allergic to pecans and not other nuts. Poor you! But walnuts are a nice replacement.

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  9. Kids are so funny...I think I'll keep the pecans; coconut, chocolate and nuts...yes please! Anything with coconut is my favourite. Thanks for sharing the recipe and happy to be joining Christmas Cookie week with you.

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    1. Thanks Stacey! I am happy to keep it all in there too! :)

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  10. we just made these with a few minor tweets - since we aren't vegan we used regular butter and skipped the egg replacement powder - and my girl told me that these are the best cookies! Better even than her dad's even and normally they do the baking and I wind up with the healthy foods!

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    1. I'm so glad your girl enjoyed them! That's awesome. :) And thanks for letting me know.

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